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In this lesson, we will see some key words and phrases you can use when disagreeing with people in a polite way.
Hurley: Hey Sawyer. I need a favor.
Sawyer: What is it Hurley?
Hurley: I really have to visit my aunt tomorrow. Can you cover for me at the office?
Sawyer: What exactly do you want me to do?
Hurley: Just tell Mr. Locke that I had a fever or something.
Sawyer: Oh! I’m sorry Hurley. But I won’t be able to do that.
Hurley: Why’s that?
Sawyer: That would be a lie and I don’t think lying is the right thing to do. I’m sorry.
Hurley: Maybe but don’t you think you’re overreacting here? It’d be just a white lie.
Sawyer: Hey Jack. I wanted to talk to you about something.
Jack: Sure Sawyer. What is it?
Sawyer: Hurley told me that you said I’m an atheist. Why did you say that?
Jack: Well, you never go to the church. I have never seen you pray so I assumed it was the case.
Sawyer: I understand where you’re coming from but you shouldn’t take things for granted. I believe in God. I just don’t believe in a religion. That doesn’t make me an atheist.
Jack: Oh! I’m sorry Sawyer. I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings. It was a casual discussion.
Sawyer: It’s fine. I just wanted to clear it out.
Jack: I think Hurley lied when he said he had to visit his aunt and couldn’t come to work.
Sawyer:Why would he do that?
Jack: I don’t know. Maybe he just wanted a leave and made up an excuse.
Sawyer: I don’t think so. Hurley would never do that . He’s a serious man.
Jack: That’s one way to look at it, but from my point of view I still don’t think it was true.
Sawyer: Look, I’ve known Hurley for many years Jack. He never lies. I even know his aunt. You can check with her if you want it.
Jack: No, that’s fine. If you trust him, that will be enough for me.
Ben: Hey Hurley! What’s up?
Hurley: Nothing much. I’m taking my mom to a doctor.
Ben:Oh! I hope everything’s fine. Actually, I wanted to invite you to a party tonight.
Hurley: Sorry dude! I’m really busy today. Once I get back from the hospital, I have to work some more.
Ben: Come on, Hurley. Life’s not only about work and responsibilities. You oughtta have some fun too.
hurley: I’m sorry but I disagree. Work comes first. But thank you for the invitation. Maybe next time.
Ben: That’s all right. Take care, man.